Thursday, 27 October 2011 12:16
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2011 10:46
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Chiggers have six legs, are less than 1/50 inch long, and are a red-orange color.
They feed on reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and birds which are their normal hosts.
People are "accidental" hosts.
Chiggers, or “Red Bugs,” are not insects. They are the larval stage of mites that belong to the family Trombivulidae.
Chiggers do not burrow into the skin or suck blood. Rather they suck tissue fluids with their mouth parts.
A Chigger attaches to its host, injects digestive enzymes into the bite wound, and then sucks up the digested tissue.
After it has completed its meal, the Chigger drops off the host and molts into an eight-legged nymph. If it is successful in finding food, the nymph molts into an adult mite.
The Chiggers that attach to the clothing of humans are often encountered in two types of habitats: second growth, brushy areas of shrubs and brambles and low-lying, damp areas of vegetation bordering marshes and swamps.
Chigger bites can cause terrible itching and weeping, red welts that can continue long after the mites have died. The itching may last up to 2 or 3 weeks.
Don't let the Chiggers become a host in your home, use our BAGTHEBUGS™ to treat any article of clothing,backpack or tent that you may have picked up a bug on,while on your hunting trip,hiking trip or walk in the woods or garden.